NEW DELHI, Jan 6 (Reuters) - Two people were killed by a
fire at a fuel storage terminal of state-run Indian Oil Corp
in Hazira in Gujarat state on Saturday.
The dead were identified as Raisingh Choudhary, 38 and Rahul
Prasad, 20, the company said in a statement on Sunday, which
added the fire has now been brought under control. Both were
contractors working in the terminal.
"The fire which broke out in the Motor Spirit (MS) tank of
IOC's bulk storage terminal at Hazira yesterday afternoon has
been fully contained now and is only smoldering. All other tanks
are safe," the company said.
India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Veerapa Moily,
who visited the site, said the damage to Indian Oil could be as
much as 450 million rupees ($8.16 million).
The company said the cause of the fire was being
investigated by an internal committee which will submit its
report on January 20.
The Hazira terminal has nine storage tanks - five gasoline
and four diesel.
The tank where the blaze started had about 6,000 kilolitres
of gasoline, almost half of its capacity, when it caught fire.
Because of winds it had spread to another petrol tank.
($1=55.1150 Indian rupees)
(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Writing by Arup Roychoudhury;
Editing by Mike Nesbit)